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Thought this might be of interest...love, joicy

Campaign Targets Oral Complications Of Cancer Treatment
    [01/28/99; Eureka News Service]

Most cancer patients don't know that visiting a dentist can make
a difference in their cancer treatment.  A new health awareness
campaign from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research (NIDCR) explains how proper oral care can prevent or
minimize painful complications in the mouth that affect up to
one-third of patients undergoing treatment for cancer. 

Of the 1.2 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year,
approximately 400,000 will develop oral complications from their
treatments.  Many patients, dentists, and oncologists, however,
are unaware of the right steps to take to prevent or manage these
potentially serious problems. 

Oral Health, Cancer Care and You:  Fitting the Pieces Together
informs health care providers and patients about what they can
do to reduce the risk and impact of oral complications.  Health
writers are invited to attend a briefing and luncheon to launch
the campaign on January 27, 1999, from 122 p.m. at the National
Press Club in Washington, DC. 

The full article can be found at:

http://www.eurekalert.org/releases/nihnidr-cto012199.html

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